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bio-based industry

Yorkshire and the Humber is home to a thriving range of industries that use bio-based raw materials and processes. Our particular strengths include the food and drink industry, bio-based chemicals and bio-energy.

Food and drink

  • Over 80 real ale breweries produce almost a third of the UK’s beer.
  • The innovation-driven Nestlé Product Technology Centre is based in York.
  • One of the UK’s largest food and drink clusters, contributing £1.7 billion to the regional economy.
  • Household names Arla, Quorn, Mars, McCain and Young’s all have bases in the region.

Bio-based chemicals

  • Close proximity to two of the UK’s four chemical clusters.
  • More than 450 chemical companies are based here, accounting for 10% of the UK’s chemistry-related activity.
  • Croda is a global leader in natural-based speciality chemicals, headquartered in East Yorkshire.

Biofuels and biorefineries


Food and drink

Our region has the UK’s greatest concentration of food and drink companies.